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A 18-year-old male asked:

Can i have swollen lymph nodes from pulling/pressing skin over it. how long will it be swollen by this cause?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Usually not: No, usually not...Unless if you really push or pull the area so hard that you hurt yourself so badly or create an open wound/skin irritation, infection or inflammation over the skin or the area--then the lymph node adjacent to the trauma can be swollen up due to the trauma. Reactive lymph node usually will be back to normal within a few-several days to a couple of weeks or so.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes? How can they be treated?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Several things: These are symtoms that need to be evaluated thoroughly your physician. He/she will be able to discuss his/her findings and suggest a plan.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Possible tumor: Lymph nodes enlarge due to presence of infection, primary neoplasms of nodes or metastatic disease to nodes. With an inflammatory process, over time the nodes will regress especially if inf. treated. If nodes persist, feel firm, have enlarged somewhat, then bx indicated to rule out source of problem
Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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